Amalfi, a town steeped in history

Amalfi is best known for giving its name to the Amalfitan Coast, a stretch of coast characterised by dramatic cliffs right along its coastline. Its beautiful scenery has attracted tourists from all over the world since before the invention of the word tourism. Still today people come in flocks to experience the natural beauty, taste the famous produce, like lemons and limoncello, and visit towns with names that ring like a bell…

We came in from Naples, with the scenic Circumvesuviana train to Sorrento, and at the station we took a bus to Amalfi. The tickets are on sale at a small booth at the bus stop, but boarding the bus is first come, first serve, so we had to wait in line on a hot day.

We spent two days in Amalfi. We stayed at the lovely Hotel Miramalfi, perched on the coastal rocks with a beautiful view of the town. Amalfi was once an independent maritime state, and its long history is beautifully illustrated by its impressive cathedral, richly decorated, expressing the wealth of its inhabitants. The long stairway up to the entrance is a popular photo-op with tourists. At the top of the staircase, the Saint Andrew’s Cathedral dominates the Piazza Duomo, the heart of this small and charming town.

A stroll down the small streets lined with all sorts of shops is no longer an authentic experience, but it still has Italian flair, and remains a popular tourist destination. Some of the other hotels on my list were the Grand Hotel Convento Di Amalfi, a stunning hotel in a former convent and the Santa Caterina Hotel, an old dame hotel not far from the centre.

From here you can visit Positano, Ravello or the island of Capri. Every one of these towns is worth a visit and visiting every single one of the landmarks in the area, could mean you will be staying for a very long time. We went on to the other side of the peninsula, to Sorrento. Another great experience, which we will be exploring in a different post.

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4 responses to “Amalfi, a town steeped in history

    • Hi Sharon, it’s a very busy region during high season, especially the coastal road between Sorrento and Amalfi, we took the bus, I wouldn’t recommend driving a car unless you are used to a bit of Italian chaos on the road. If you are travelling with kids, Sorrento is the best option, then there is Ravello and Massa Lubrense, also be aware there are no large and sandy beaches, most are small coves between the cliffs, and can be difficult to reach.

  1. I remember visiting Amalfi as a teenager as part of a school trip and even at a young age, I knew it was a really beautiful, special place that I would have to return to one day – it was so scenic, relaxed and with great food and I haven’t made it back since – definitely overdue a trip now and seeing these lovely photos is reminding me of that!

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